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Ronald Salem

Lampman Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

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Ronald Salem, MD, FACS, FRSC (Ed), FRCS(C), MBChB

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Ronald R. Salem, MD earned his medical degree from University of Rhodesia and is a Board Certified Surgeon. Passionate about improving the lives of patients with cancer, he is committed to advancing medical and surgical treatment and integrating the latest techniques and minimally invasive surgery in his clinical practice. He is one of the few surgeons in Connecticut with a high volume practice performing the Whipple procedure.

Dr. Salem specializes in malignant and pre-malignant diseases of the pancreas, liver and biliary system, the gall bladder, stomach, colon and rectum, lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract, as well as liver tumors in pregnant women.

His clinical research includes a special focus on optimizing clinical outcomes in patients undergoing pancreatic surgery, combined modality therapy for esophageal cancer and the management of pancreatic cysts and benign and malignant liver tumors.

He has received many honors and recognitions, including The Best Doctors, N.Y. Metro Area annually for over ten years; Best Doctors in Connecticut and Top Minimally Invasive Surgeons, NY Metro Area.

He was recently awarded the prestigious David and Cindy Lefell Award for clinical excellence, the Yale New Haven Hospital Heroes Award, the Smilow Cancer Center Clinical Award the Alvin Feinstein Teaching Award and has received the Chief Resident in Surgery Teaching Award on seven separate occasions.

Education & Training

  • Senior Resident
    New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA (1988)
  • Research Felllow
    Dana Farber Cancer Center & New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA (1987)
  • Resident
    Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK (1985)
  • MD
    University of Rhodesia (1978)
  • MBChB
    University of Rhodesia (1978)
  • Chief Resident
    New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Emergency Room Physician
    Guys Hospital, London, UK
  • PGY-2 OB/GYN
    Harare Hospital, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intern
    Harare Hospital, Harare, Zimbabwe

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2015
Master of Arts, Honoris CausaYale University, New Haven, CT2006
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award2006
Alvin Feinstein Clinical Teaching Award2005
Member Society of Distinguished Teachers2005
The Best Doctors - N.Y. Metro AreaCastle, Connolly Medical2003, 2008
Yale-New Haven Hospital Operating Rooms AwardYale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT2003
Top Minimally Invasive Surgeons, NY Metro areasNew York Magazine2002
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award2002
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award 2001
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award2000
The Best Doctors - N.Y. Metro AreaCastle, Connolly Medical1998, 2000
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award1996
General Surgery Resident Teaching Award1991

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